Monthly Archives: December 2011
|Posted by Sarah Elisabeth under eBook, World of Fiction|
I’ve had my Kindle Touch for almost two weeks, and I’m head over heels in love with this e-reader. Sure, there are things I wish were different about it, such as a faster web browser (don’t count on doing much browsing), but I knew what I wouldn’t like about it going in. No surprises.
One thing that did surprise me was I bought mine at Wal-Mart. I just felt better buying local where I could take it back if it was a lemon, without hassling with shipping. And it helped me take the step to actually pluck down the money if I knew I could take it back in fifteen days.
For those who find an e-reader in their stocking this Christmas morning, or like me, got it early, here’s eight pretty sweet things you might want to know:
1. Send personal documents for free. This is super cool. I can send my current work in progress (WIP) to my Kindle and read/make notes on the go. It also gives me a different look at the words, similar to printing it out. (Saves me bookoos of paper and ink)
Now, there are two ways to send docs to a Kindle. The first will cost you money. But if you know me, I pinch every penny til the copper bleeds. (It took a month to talk myself into actually buying my Kindle) (more…)
|Posted by Sarah Elisabeth under Book Reviews|
Beginning with the moment life took a southward dip, the journey of learning to trust God in every aspect begins for Twink and Denny DeWitt. Twink goes back to the early phases of her life when “being good” and pleasing people was what she lived for, then brings her story forward to when she found true salvation through Jesus Christ.
Each chapter features a different facet of the Trust Diamond, with illustrations, and things to consider in one’s own life in areas of trusting God.
I’m not a big nonfiction reader, but this book held me from first page to last. A gentle balance of scripture, candid stories and humor left me in admiration for Twink’s work on the Trust Diamond. I related to many of the experiences and issues of trust. The scriptures drove home the points in a beautiful way, drawing me closer to the heart of God.
The openness in which Twink shared her shortcomings was powerful, leaving me wanting to take another look at myself.
The Trust Diamond is a great book that breaks down the aspects of faith and draws you to complete trust with the Creator of the universe.
You can order a copy of Twink’s book here: twinkanddenny.com
|Posted by Sarah Elisabeth under Heart Thoughts|
Author Tricia Goyer is hosting a Remembering You meme on her blog. Here are my answers to her Christmas questions. If you decide to join the meme (all participants are entered for a chance to win a four book prize pack!), be sure to let me know so I can enjoy your answers.
1. What’s your favorite holiday song? I hate picking favorites, so here’s the first that came to mind: Silent Night.
2. What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Enjoying the parade with friends on our small downtown square. A peaceful Christmas Eve dinner, then classic Christmas movies.
3. If you could travel one place with an elderly family member where would you go? Hmm, probably take my great-aunt to our Choctaw homeland in Mississippi.
4. What questions would you ask? All about her life growing up in Oklahoma, and more about our Choctaw ancestry.
5. What is a non-tangible gift you have received from an elderly relative? Stories about my papaw when he was young, and their father.
6. What is the best/worst/strangest gift you’ve received from an elderly relative? Once, my papaw bet me five dollars I wouldn’t write him a letter after a visit to his house. I started writing the letter in the car, and mailed it the next day. Not long after that, I received a five dollar bill in the mail with the corner of a piece of paper where he’d written: You win.
Visit Tricia’s blog for details on joining a Remembering You meme.
|Posted by Sarah Elisabeth under Inspirational Fiction, World of Fiction|
Everyone’s making faces at me. I want to cry, so I do.
They keep making faces. I breathe and scream as loud as I can. Then something bright catches my eye. I look. It’s waving back and forth over my head. I twist, trying to see better. It lowers to my nose and tickles it.
I smile and giggle. They stopped making faces and I look around at them again. There’s so much to keep up with. (more…)
|Posted by Sarah Elisabeth under Heart Thoughts, World of Fiction|
Okay, that was a little dramatic. But I did cry once through my grin.
My mama laughs sensitively if the subject of my growing up years enter a conversation. I never wanted to let go of childhood. I remember asking her, “What can you do as an adult?” Stumped her there. But I soon learned. Still, when something triggers a memory from those glorious years I thought was life, warm fuzzies dunk into my heart and bring back a tear on the rebound. Such a beautiful girlhood.
As I sorted each stuffed animal by family, I found it hard to recall all their names or even who was married to whom once upon a time. “Is that your mama?” I asked them. I don’t think they cared. They were quite exhausted from the years of play my brother, Jon, and me put them through. I took group pictures and thought about the story worlds we created. In the afternoon long process, I realized how important those days were.
Aha! This is where my imagination began developing. No two of these critters were alike. No family was alike. They had their own voice, made their own decisions. I learned how to create compelling stories. After all, if it couldn’t keep the attention of an eight and ten year old, we moved on. (more…)